Has Spring Sprung for You?

At the beginning of chapter six of Rediscover Catholicism, Matthew Kelly quotes El Greco.  It reads: “I said to the almond tree, ‘Sister, speak to me about God,’ and the almond tree blossomed.”

I wonder: if today somebody asked you to speak about God, in what ways would you blossom?

A few weeks ago, my dear friends Liz and John shared one of their flowering moments with me, and agreed to let me share it with you.  They wrote:

I say, did you see the miracle at St. Anastasia a little before noon today?  Some would say it was just children playing.  Some would say it was just new mothers bringing their babies to church, but I say it was a stand-out miracle. A lovely little girl sporting a bright pink flower in her hair enjoyed playing on the choir risers with a very handsome young boy – both just under three years old.  They enjoyed running, climbing and practicing each other’s names over and over.

The young man’s little brother longed to join the game on the risers, but he needed some help, being but 10 months old!  The little girl, upon seeing him endeavoring to join the game, stopped, turned, and gently came over and greeted him with not one, but two kisses.

I was taken by their generosity of spirit – for her baby brother had gone to be with Jesus just one week ago.  She bore no grief, no sorrow, no pain. But she is only a child, some might claim.  I say not so; I say she greeted her own little brother – just as he was greeted by our Lord, our Savior.

Jesus commands us in Mark 18 to receive the Kingdom of God as a little child – and there it was right before our eyes – The Kingdom of God in all its glory, shown to us by three small children.  If there is anything more true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy, these three children don’t know it, and neither should we.

Did you know that spring has come early this year?  The tree has blossomed.

As we move this week from the freshly-emptied tomb of Lazarus to begin the long trek toward the briefly occupied, eternally conquered tomb of our Lord, may the anointed life inside us continually burst forth in praise of – and relationship with – our precious Savior.